writer: Rick Veitch
artists: Yvel Guichet, Joshua Hood,
Mark Propst and Sean Parsons
again, Aqualad proves himself the most powerful loser in the
he's changed his name to Tempest. He managed to land Dolphin.
He gained tremendous mad magical skills. He's still a loser.
to play Merlin to Aquaman's young Arthur, our violet-eyed
schmuck transforms the two into fish. It's all meant to show
his former mentor just how sorcery has warped the political
seascape of Atlantis, but it sure smacks of The Sword In
some of you might remember that Merlin never actually got
himself eaten. Garth always overestimates himself, which means
that his next appearance will be spent in self-pity. Actually,
Veitch brings it in at the end of this issue; maybe Tempest
will be useful next time.
argue the loser label goes for Aquaman himself, but no. Though
Aquaman and magic may be an uneasy match at best, at least
Veitch has begun bringing the sea king back to being a fun
guy. He's being humbled, and that's a good thing, though paradoxically,
he may be at the center of a religious cult birthing in his
kingdom. For the first time in a while, he's got a subplot
with a short beard and quasi-messiah-hood, this is closer
to the guy worth both a Mego action figure and membership
in the Superfriends than he has been in a long time.
I've betrayed why he holds a special place in my heart. It's
all about the Megos.
Year One #4
writers: Scott Beatty and Chuck Dixon
artists: Marcos Martin and Alvaro Lopez
to draw a parallel between modern continuity and the silly
past, this issue features the dynamic duo putting Barbara
Gordon to the test. In a recent Gotham Knights, Batman
put The Spoiler to a similar test. The methods may have slightly
changed, but in both cases, the trial simply wasn't fair.
and it's a believable but, Barbara Gordon wasn't Stephanie
Brown. She refuses to accept the judgment made by Batman.
Whether or not we accept that Barbara really has the skills,
it's still stirring to see her tell Batman off, proclaiming
that she wants to fight crime because she can.
also has a different Robin on her side, one that doesn't feel
quite as helpless in the shadow of the bat. (At least in the
regular books, Tim Drake, while extremely capable, always
seems more sullen and ticked than Dick Grayson ever was.)
So while Stephanie ends up crying at home, Barbara gets the
none-too-subtle signal that it's okay to continue.
though we know her career has a tragic end, Beatty and Dixon
keep this book light. Aiding them is a dynamic art team that
has taken the Bruce Timm animated style and made it their
may be a better fighter, a more believable heir to the mantle
of the bat, but Barbara just makes for a better read.
Legends of the Dark Knight #165
writer: Dwayne McDuffie
artists: Val Semeiks and Dan Green
sequel to "Blink," McDuffie has concocted a pretty logical
fate for Lee Hyland. At first the government offered him work,
using his skills for intelligence work. And because this is
the DC Universe, eventually they started messing with his
powers, turning Hyland into a piece of carbon-based hardware.
literally an effective remote viewer, he would be quite an
asset. But as we know from current events, Batman doesn't
like the government taking assets that could be his own to
not quite that harsh. Really, if Batman thought of Hyland
as a weapon for himself, it wouldn't have taken him so long
to discover that the government had him.
seems like the reason Batman needs Blink is really just a
macguffin. The world's greatest detective should easily be
able to figure out how a baby-selling ring is working, without
the aid of a human "bug."
also a strange ease with which the two converse that just
doesn't seem like the Batman anybody else is writing. Then
again, that's why they call this book Legends, not
True Stories. Yeah, yeah. None of them are true anyway.
to this story is Hyland himself. McDuffie has created an interesting
character who would never hold a story on his own, but makes
a good foil to Batman. In a way, it feels like a throwback
to the seventies, and not just because of Hyland's fashion
we're only halfway through the arc, it's doubtful that the
government has had their say with Hyland, so we can count
on more action. But despite the charm of Hyland and the always
enjoyable clashes with federal forces, this arc feels like